Chopin’s music had been absent from Fray’s active repertoire for some 15 years before he recorded this recital, which comprises seven of the composer’s nocturnes, three mazurkas, a polonaise, a waltz and an impromptu. When Fray talks about Chopin – who died in Paris in 1849 aged just 39, having exercised a transformative influence on the piano repertoire – it becomes clear that he sees the composer’s work in archetypally Romantic terms: “For me, Chopin’s music is very fragile, vaporous, perfumed … somewhat intangible. It is so fluid and evanescent – you need to feel that it could just disappear at any moment. What makes it so touching is this ephemeral quality – the mazurkas are like something that you write in the sand … You know that it will be washed away, but the memory will remain. His music palpitates with a sense of the unexpected, the inspiration of the moment. If you tried to engrave it into marble, it would die.”



Date City Venue Country
25/04/17 Luxembourg Grand Auditorium Luxembourg
Time: 8:00pm. Repertoire: Chopin, Schumann, Brahms Buy Tickets
28/04/17 Coesfeld Staatsphilharmonie Nuernberg Germany
Time: 7:30pm. Repertoire: Bach Buy Tickets
04/05/17 Baltimore Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall United States
Time: 7:30pm. Performing with: Markus Stenz, conductor Repertoire: Mendelssohn: Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage, Ravel: Piano Concerto in G Major, Stravinsky: The Firebird Buy Tickets
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